Story Stuff: Y Is For Young Characters

Whew! We’re almost to the finish line in our series. Can you believe it? Today we’re talking about a topic that I think gets overlooked – writing youthful characters accurately, especially in non-YA or children’s stories. I was an elementary teacher for more than a decade, and part of that was studying child development. We…

Story Stuff: X Is For eXclamation Marks

Yes, I cheated. A little. I figured we didn’t really need to know about xylophones, x-rays, or…xenomorphs. Isn’t English fun sometimes? Anyway, today in our series we’re talking about the nitty gritty of writing – punctuation. Don’t worry. It’ll be okay. We’re only talking about exclamation marks because 1. I used them to cheat in…

Story Stuff: W Is For Women

I’ve been a little nervous about today’s post in our series since M day. You guys responded so well to that and one or two of you said something to this effect: I can’t want to see what you have for the W post. All right. Let’s do this. *cracks knuckles* I posted about women characters…

Story Stuff: V Is For Victory

The next post in our series brings us to the reason many people read stories, especially adventure and fantasy stories. We love to see our heroes emerge victorious, don’t we? She’s battled all of the author’s rocks, and at least once or twice it looked like defeat was assured. But she overcame. Or maybe she…

Story Stuff: U Is For Underwear

What the frick does underwear have to do with writing a story? you may be asking. On S day we talked about stereotypes. Today’s post in our series is a strategy for avoiding accidental stereotypes: knowing thy characters. Inside and out. What their jobs, hobbies, favorite foods, preferred music, and maybe kinky tendencies are. Because the…

Story Stuff: T Is For Tenses

Today’s post in our series came up in the comments on POV day, because the two often go hand-in-hand. While POV determines through which character’s (or narrator’s) eyes we’re seeing the story, tense determines when the story is happening. Kind of. There are three basic tenses: past, present, and future. Stories are told in past and…